Politics Rumors


The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation’s political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game. “I will not just shut up and dribble,” James said. “I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.” James spoke publicly after Fox News host Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA champion for his recent comments about social issues. James previously responded with an Instagram post containing similar sentiments. “We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said. “I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”
Kyrie Irving on the notion that athletes should stick to sports – “I think sometimes, because of the way we’re put on this platform, I think people have opinions on the way we should be and how we should act and things that we should be involved with. I think that the thing that gets graced over is that we’re all human beings at the end of the day. It’s pretty tough finding that balance. For me, I think it’s just about respect of all people. And that’s something I always try to hammer home. It’s something I was taught as a kid. It’s crazy, because you get slack for saying something about certain things and feeling strongly, and then if you don’t say enough you get the bad end of that as well.”
Curry called the Fox News host’s comments and dismissive tone “aggressive and just out of line … but not surprising, because I’ve heard that plenty of times before.” “That’s the tone that people (utilize to) try to put athletes and black athletes in a box, to say, `Basketball is the only thing that you can provide in this world,”‘ Curry said. “It’s really, obviously, very upsetting. I think the way that we handle the response is to highlight all the good that we’re doing … Every single NBA athlete here that plays this game, that’s not what we’re about. That’s not all that we contribute to this world.